June Sister of the Month

Canadian Sister of the Month
Diane Duval

DianeDuvalSister Diane Duval has been a member of the IAM for 16 years and has been a Trustee on the Executive Board of IAM Local Lodge 901 in Ontario, Canada.

As Treasury Officer at Oshawa Community Credit Union, Sister Diane felt her strong financial background could be of help to her local union.  She was first voted in as Chief Steward then became Trustee on the Executive Board.

Diane has found her union sisters and brothers to be very supportive of her and hasn’t encountered many of the obstacles.  She advises other sisters wishing to do more within their lodges to make sure they attend their meetings regularly, get involved in union business and activities.  Be assertive, but not pushy.  She says, “Don’t sit back and wait for change – make it happen!”

Currently, Diane is working toward her university degree.  She says the more she does the higher her self-esteem.  She loves to travel with her husband and two children, as well as volunteering with the grade 8 program, The Economics of Staying in School.


US Sister of the Month
Patricia R. La Sala

La Sala Sister La Sala serves as President of Local Lodge 1 in Federal District 1.  She was acting president for 6 months before being elected President 4 ½ years ago.  She came to the IAM when the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) joined hands with the Machinists Union.

A Registered Nurse (RN) at San Francisco VA Medical Center, Sister Patricia spent a great deal of her career in management position; however, having been raised in a union family, she’s never forgotten the principals and values of organized labor.  When her lodge was placed in trustee ship, Sister Patricia was asked to serve as interim President until a formal election was held.  Inasmuch as she felt very strongly about the integrity of her local and saw its potential value among the membership, she agreed.  She got the ball rolling in a positive direction that day, was elected President and hasn’t stopped since. 

Sister Patricia began by putting a new face on the local.  She contacted peers and encouraged them to help her organize the bargaining unit.  Her message was power in numbers.  She’s grown the membership from 27 RNs to 243 members in 21 different professional groups.  She personally meets with Chiefs of every service where members are represented and admits that her biggest obstacles came from her previous management colleagues unable to see her in the role of labor leader. 

“Take advantage of every learning opportunity that comes along” is what Sister Patricia would tell any member looking to become more involved. She also says, “Make it a point to go to meetings, get involved and stay visible.”  Believing that everyone wants to be involved if they feel important to the cause, she organizes letter writing luncheons, hosts MNPL parties and loudly publicizes even the smallest success story.  Sister Patricia’s philosophy is to have a strong local you must “include, include, include,” and that means EVERYONE!!

Her family, friends and faith are very important to her.  She loves to travel to Italy, read and watch old movies.  She loves to entertain and is said to have the official holiday home.

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